Summer supplements to beat the heat!
Summer is here again and with that involves family get togethers, grilling out, and being out in the sun. Here are 3 supplements that will allow you to enjoy your favorite summer activities without having to worry about your health.
Beat the BBQ: L-Carnosine
Although they're delicious and packed with protein meats on the grill can be harmful to your body. Cooking meat quickly at high temperatures releases chemicals known as advanced glycation end products or AGEs. Theses AGEs promote oxidative stress and cellular inflammation leading to premature wrinkles and, over time, even heart disease and Alzheimer's.
To combat the AGEs released while grilling, try taking a L-carnosine supplement. Carnosine, which occurs naturally in our bodies, contains potent antioxidant activity to block the effects of AGEs. Natural carnosine levels, however, have been shown to decrease by 63 % between ages 10 and 70. So it's important to supplement your levels by taking 500 mg of L-carnosine twice per day, available at health food stores.
Overcome the sun: Lycopene:
By now you know the importance of wearing sunscreen to protect yourself from sun damage that can lead to skin cancer. But you probably didn't know that the nutrient found in tomatoes, lycopene, can protect your skin from the inside out.
Unless you eat a lot of tomato based meals you should supplement your lycopene intake during the summer months to protect against sun exposure. Try taking 16 mg per day, available for around $15.00 in health food stores. And remember that a lycopene supplement is just that--a supplement--and not a replacement for sunscreen.
Defeat Energy Drain: Reishi Mushroom Extract
Between shuttling the kids to summer camps, battling to keep your yard in shape, and trying to stay cool in the hot summer sun, what should be the most relaxing season of all can leave you feeling the most drained! For an energy boost that will reinvigorate you throughout all those extra summertime activities, try reishi mushroom extract.
Reishi mushrooms have been used in traditional Asian medicine for over 4000 years to treat liver disorders, hypertension, arthritis and other ailments. Modern studies show that they may help boost insulin levels, allowing the body to more effieciently use blood sugar for energy production. Additionally, reishi's anti-inflammatory properties may neutralize the chemicals that drain your energy. Try taking 1000mg of reishi mushroom extract, 3 times per day, and get back into summer! Available for around $12.00 in health food stores.
Always remember to check with your provider before starting any new supplements!
This information is from Dr. Oz's Dream Team Summer Survival Guide
Posted on June 19, 2017